YAKIMA - It took seven weeks, but the Sunnyside High School boys swim team finally got its first victory of the season.
Competing against Davis High School this past Saturday at Yakima's Lions Pool, the Grizzlies clipped the Pirates, 61-24. Sunnyside won seven of the nine events that were staged.
Nick Howat was a four-time winner for the Grizzlies, and Pedro Velez and Jesus Mendez each won three times for Sunnyside. Teammate George Montero claimed two victories.
Howat won the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle races, and swam on two winning relay squads.
In the 100-breaststroke, Howat clocked a 1:14.15, which easily bested the runner-up finish of B. Cooper of Davis, who recorded a time of 1:22.56. Montero finished third in the 100-breast, clocking a 1:28.12.
Howat also claimed top honors in the 50-yard freestyle sprint, racing to a time of 24.56 seconds. Velez placed second in a time of 26.28 seconds. Drew Anderson of Davis was well back in third place with a clocking of 32.68 seconds.
Howat, Montero, Velez and Mendez swam unopposed in the 200-yard medley relay. The Sunnyside foursome posted a time of 2:08.24. The same four Grizzly swimmers also were unopposed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, clocking a 1:49.05.
Velez, too, scored a first place finish in the 100-backstroke, swimming unopposed enroute to a time of 1:17.85.
Mendez won the 100-yard freestyle race for the Grizzlies, edging Conor Murphy of Davis by just over a second with his 1:07.70 clocking. Murphy posted a time of 1:08.82.
Sunnyside's other first place finish against Davis was claimed by Logan Hutson, who clocked a 3:42.32 in the 200-yard freestyle. Hutson's Sunnyside teammate, Kaleb Hursh, placed second in the race in a time of 4:11.46.
The Pirates' two victories Saturday came in the 100-butterfly and in the diving competition. Cooper won the 100-yard 'fly with a 1:09.16 clocking. Montero finished second, clocking a 1:18.31. Murphy won the diving competition for Davis, as he was the only athlete competing in that event.
The Grizzly swim team also competed against Moses Lake this past Saturday. Sunnyside dropped a 141-31 decision to the Chieftains. The lone victory scored by the Grizzlies came in the 50-freestyle, when Howat edged B. Ingersoll of Moses Lake by approximately half a second with his 24.56 clocking.
Sunnyside (1-7) has one meet remaining, against the Blackhawks at Cheney this coming Saturday, before District action begins in Pullman on Feb. 6-7.
. Bob Story,can be contacted at
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